What is one of the best things about being a goalie? It’s the goalie helmet and the design. A unique helmet design is a great way for the goalie to show off their taste in design or personal style. Through cost-effectiveness, and ease of application, vinyl wraps have become a popular choice for goalies to customize their helmets.
Getting a vinyl wrap printed is an easy task nowadays. There are several printers / wrap makers out there. (Check out our friends at Competitive Edge Designs) Most printers have pre-made custom templates, or if you want something similar to an airbrush effect, Photoshop has evolved with it’s brush sets so that you can mimic that desired effect. Then you can submit it or work with a designer to submit it to one of the printers. The printing and customization of a design, like airbrush, does range on the complexity but it can be a lot cheaper to do vinyl.
A lot of the cost of designing a mask is in the art. In an airbrushed mask, the amount of hours designing could be a lot because most airbrush folks will draw out the mask, and then paint it. Some designs will require special stencils and tapings, and that can be very costly. Photoshop, can be a lot easier and quicker to design a mask. This will save money in the long run. In addition to the airbrush design being a tedious process, there is also the padding removal. The padding removal can void some warranties from manufacturers. Then, you have to make sure that the paint doesn’t ruin your shell. Most high end masks, don’t have this issue but lower end ones do. (*Check with your manufacturer before paint). However, with vinyl, it’s almost like a giant sticker and there is no worry about vinyl altering the chemical make up of a plastic shell.
Vinyl has come a long way over the past few years and can endure a lot of wear. A vinyl wrap can look just as good as paint when it’s applied correctly. In addition to vinyl being like a big sticker, it can be taken off the helmet without damaging it. If you get a new helmet but need or would like the same design, you can just have it reprinted. It’s not like paint where it’s permanent or you have to have it done multiple times for the same design.
There are several advantages to having a vinyl wrap. A custom helmet is one of the best things about being a goalie! A unique helmet design is a great way for the goalie to show off their taste in design or personal style. Through cost-effectiveness, and ease of application, vinyl wraps have become a popular choice for goalies to customize their helmets.